Mobile Breakfast Series is a quarterly event that brings together thought leaders and visionaries from the global mobile industry to interact and share ideas, insights, and best practices with the entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and others who are passionate about mobile. The next event is on March 10th, 2010 with keynotes from Rob Glaser, Chairman, Real Networks and Kevin Martin, former FCC Chairman. Registration.

Sponsors: Motricity, Openwave, WDSGlobal, and Clearwire

Role of Optical Wireless Broadband in the Evolving Mobile Ecosystem

Sponsored by Skyfiber

These are exciting times in the wireless industry. The innovation in technology, services, and business models is driving the global industry to new heights. While the global markets were feeling the pain of a brutal recession, the wireless industry for the most part sidestepped the crisis, especially the US and Asian markets. In the US, 2009 was a banner year for the mobile data services and applications. Each of the four quarters exceeded $10 billion in mobile data services revenue and the subscription penetration was approximately 93% by the end of the year.

The mobile industry is going through significant transition from being voice-centric to data-centric, from consumers spending 90% of their time talking to 80% of the time spending on mobile data and games. The main drivers of such an evolution are: better devices like the iPhone, Droid, Pre, Bold, etc., higher capacity networks such as WCDMA, HSPA+, and EV-DO Rev A, flat rate data pricing, and a heightened consumer awareness of mobile applications and services. This has boosted both the consumer engagement and the revenues from data services.

However, this increased usage comes at a cost. As users are becoming accustomed to an always-on, always-connected world of mobile, they are consuming tremendous amount of data that is putting significant burden on the networks especially the backhaul. Further, as the need for the bandwidth rises exponentially, we are approaching what FCC’s Chairman Genachowski termed as “a looming spectrum crisis.” In light of such infrastructure challenges, the industry needs to think outside-the-spectrum-box and think long-term else we will be in a perpetual cycle of crises. Traditional transmission technologies like Fiber and Microwave will benefit from complimentary technologies such as Optical Wireless Broadband (OWB), which enhances the operator’s toolbox to build out efficient broadband connectivity.

This paper discusses the mobile data growth, the backhaul demands, and the looming spectrum crisis in more detail. Further, the paper discusses the requirements for backhaul to support next generation traffic and the role of new technologies such as Optical Wireless Broadband to provide backhaul capacity solutions that are both economical as well as future-proof.

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Recent Publications/Media Interviews/Mentions




Verizon Wireless-AT&T 'Price War' May Boost Revenues

Mobile-Ad M&A Frenzy May Continue

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Wireless Pricing from Verizon Wireless


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Mobile advertising measurements still lack standardization


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RCR WIreless Digital Edition Jan 2010


Mobile Advertising: Supercharge your brand in the exploding wireless market (John Wiley & Sons)

Wireless Broadband: Conflict and Convergence (IEEE Press/John Wiley)

Enterprise Mobility: Applications, Technologies and Strategies (IOS Press)

Survey Mobile Industry Predictions Survey
Whitepaper Inside the USPTO: A guide to the patenting process
Whitepaper What is your Patent Portfolio Quotient (PPQ)?

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 Upcoming Events

Notes from recent events NAB, TiE, Mobilebeat, GigaOM, Mobile Breakfast Series I, II
Jan 29 Canada-e-Connect, Montreal
Feb 19 Paid Content 2010, New York
March 10 Mobile Breakfast Series, Seattle. Rob Glaser, Kevin Martin. Register
March 22-25 CTIA, Las Vegas
April ForumOxford Future Technologies, Oxford, London
May 11-14 Future in Review, LA
May 25-27 Open Mobile Summit, London
June Mobile Breakfast Series, Seattle

In addition, Chetan will be doing some private briefings to carriers, content providers and enterprise solution providers

 Upcoming Research

Feb Q4 2009 and 2009 US Wireless Data Market Update
March Global Wireless Data Market Update 2009

Missed an update? All research notes can be found here.

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